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Weekly Top 10: Gizmotron Revived, Danny Hauser Interview, Dealing with Fretboard Dead Spots, Plus the Top Bass Videos, New Gear and More

Looking over our newest 10 list, I’d say this was quite the week. Don’t you agree?

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BassTheWorld: 29 Bassists in 1 Video

1. BassTheWorld: 29 Bassists in 1 Video

The internet is a wonderful thing. Gregor Fris from BasstheWorld.com put together this epic bass jam with 29 bassists from all over the world for a stunning display of the instrument’s diversity…

Gizmotron Revived with Version 2.0

2. Gizmotron Revived with Version 2.0

A piece of the ’70s is being revived with the Gizmotron 2.0. Originally designed in 1973, the Gizmotron is an electro-mechanic device that attaches near the bridge of your bass or guitar and creates a sustained, bowed sound similar to a cello…

Dealing with Dead Spots on the Fretboard

3. Dealing with Dead Spots on the Fretboard

This week, Damian Erskine answers a reader’s question on dealing with dead spots on the fretboard. Read what he has to say and share your experiences too…

Bass of the Week: Matteo Marziali “The Bad” Bass

4. Bass of the Week: Matteo Marziali “The Bad” Bass

This week we’re checking out an awesome instrument built by Italian amateur bass builder Matteo Marziali, who started building basses after being inspired by the work of Carl Thompson. His latest creation, which he dubbed “The Bad” bass, brings has a dark theme that draws on the work of several of his favorite luthiers…

Steps Ahead: Darryl Jones Bass Solo, Live in Japan

5. Steps Ahead: Darryl Jones Bass Solo, Live in Japan

Years before he landed the gig with The Rolling Stones, Darryl Jones was blowing people’s minds in the jazz and fusion scenes with the likes of Miles Davis and Steps Ahead. Here’s a killer clip of Jones taking the audience on a ride with Steps Ahead, live in Japan on their 1986 concert…

Vulfpeck: Back Pocket

6. Vulfpeck: Back Pocket

Vulfpeck fans, we have good news. The band has announced their debut full-length album, due to release on October 9th. Here’s the first single release from the record, “Back Pocket”. Once more, they’re bringing some old school goodness to their new tunes…

Kiesel/Carvin Guitars Updates Icon Series Basses

7. Kiesel/Carvin Guitars Updates Icon Series Basses

Kiesel Guitars, formerly Carvin Guitars, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Icon series of basses with an upgraded version of the instruments. Available in four-, five-, and six-string models, the Icon 2.0 bass now features a deeper body cutaway for improved comfort, a three-piece headstock design, and an option for a chambered body…

Christian McBride Trio: I Guess I’ll Have to Forget

8. Christian McBride Trio: I Guess I’ll Have to Forget

Christian McBride visited the KPLU studios back in March and recorded some tunes. Here’s Christian and his Trio – with Christian Sands on piano and Ulysses Owens, Jr. on drums – performing “I Guess I’ll Have to Forget”. Masters at work…

Seven-String Metal: An Interview with Danny Hauser

9. Seven-String Metal: An Interview with Danny Hauser

As the bass guitar has evolved, players have become more and more adept at making technically difficult passages sound musical. That goes especially for proponents of extended range basses, and Veil of Maya’s Danny Hauser is one of those players…

Darkglass Electronics Introduces Super Symmetry Compressor Pedal

10. Darkglass Electronics Introduces Super Symmetry Compressor Pedal

Darkglass Electronics has expanded their pedal lineup with the Super Symmetry, a compressor they describe as state of the art with a classic feel. “It sounds modern in the way that it doesn’t color your tone while compressing, but the way it reacts to your playing is simply natural and seamless,” they write. Designed and…